Sarah Espley

Sunday’s Obituary – John Espley (1869-1945)

John Espley is my wife’s 1st cousin 2x removed. His parents are Joseph Booth Espley and Christiana Boyle. Their common ancestor is Martha Espley – my wife’s 2x great grandmother.

John was born on 5 May 1869 in Macclesfield, Cheshire.

In the 1891 census John was with his uncle & aunt Frederick Espley and Frances Espley in Biddulph, Staffordshire. He was working as an iron turner. By the time of the following census in 1901 John was living in Burnley, Lancashire working as a builders labourer.

On 7 December 1901 John married Sarah Booth at St Matthew the Apostle church, Habergham Eaves, Lancashire.

Sarah was a young widow of 25. Her maiden name was Sarah Baines Turner. She had married Samuel Booth in the first quarter of 1897 in Burnley. Samuel died three years later. This left Sarah on her own with three children under three years old – Betty, Jane and Samuel.

By the time of the 1911 census John and Sarah had six children of their own but sadly two died in infancy. By now John was working in the water department of the Burnley Borough Council.

John was a conscientious employee for the water department and eventually retired from there in 1934. The Burnley Express of Saturday 5 May 1934 reported on his retirement (images from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)

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THIRTY-THREE YEARS WITH WATER DEPARTMENT

After completing 33 years service with the Burnley Corporation Water Department, Mr. John Espley, of 14 Hawk Street, enters into a well-earned retirement today. Mr. Espley, who is 65 years of age, has served under three managers, and for over 20 years has been a foreman with the department.
He holds the proud record of never having been late for 32 years. One day, when he had been with the department about 12 months, he arrived five minutes late and was sent home for three days. He has never been late since! Mr. Espley is interested in gardening, with which he occupies much of his spare time.

John’s retirement lasted for eleven years before he died on 4 June 1945. He was buried three days later in Burnley cemetery.

The Burnley Express reported on his death on Saturday 9 June 1945.

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MR. JOHN ESPLEY

The death of Mr. John Espley (76) took place at his home, 81 Albert Street, Burnley, on Monday, after a short illness. Mr. Espley, a well-known Fulledge resident, was employed by the Burnley Corporation Water Department for about 33 years, being a foreman for about 20 years. He retired about 11 years ago. The funeral took place at the Burnley Cemetery on Thursday, preceded by a service in the Latter Day Saints’ Chapel, Rosegrove, with which he was connected. Elder John R. Moore and Elder W. Duckworth officiated. Arrangements: Mr. Joseph Harling, 29 Yorkshire Street.

Sarah lived for a further 13 months – she was buried on 29 July 1946 in Burnley Cemetery.

Sunday’s Obituary – Horatio Andrew Louis Smith (1869-1941)

Horatio Andrew Louis Smith is the husband of my wife’s 1st cousin 2x removed, Bertha Espley.

Bertha was born on 4 April 1872 in Congleton, Cheshire. Her parents are Richard Booth Espley and Sarah Jones. Bertha and my wife share ancestry with Martha Espley – my wife’s 2x great grandmother.

Horatio was born on 2 April 1869 in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales. By the time of the 1871 census Horatio had moved to Nottingham with his family.

On 26 December 1896 Horatio and Bertha married at All Saints Church, Nottingham.

Over the next 40 or so years Horatio worked as a commercial traveller. He died on 10 November 1941 at Basford Hospital, Nottingham. The Nottingham Journal of Friday 14 November 1941 published an obituary (image from http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)

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REDHILL FUNERAL

The funeral took place yesterday at Redhill Cemetery, of Mr. Horatio Andrew Smith, of 5 Greys Road, Woodthorpe, who died on Monday at the age of 72.
In his young days Mr. Smith was a playing member of the Nottingham Forest Football Club. He was also a member of the Notts. Amateur Boxing and Notts. Swimming Clubs, and well-known in amateur billiards circles.
In his later years he took a keen interest in the Nottingham Institutes movement, being associated with the Mapperley Institute.
Mr. Smith was an old Nottingham High School boy.
He leaves a widow, three sons and one daughter.